The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko


2018-11-05-18-57-00.jpgThis was such a peaceful, contemplative memoir. I felt like I was listening to Silko’s internal monologue as she went on one of her walks. There is a lot about going on solitary walks through nature and the way things shift depending on the day and the mood and therefore the level of observation able to be given to the world around her. Also, these walks serve to help her discover the turquoise ledge that is somewhere around where she lives.

At first, I thought the title was metaphorical somehow. I didn’t realize that there was a theory about an actual plane of turquoise under the desert somewhere that the turquoise stones we see rise up from. I’m sure there’s a little of both, but I just didn’t get the literal part at all at first. It’s an interesting though, just as is the idea of the way thoughts themselves bubble to the surface of our minds over time especially when we give ourselves time for contemplation such as this.

I think my favorite thing about the memoir is the way she seems to live at peace with the animals in her environment. I’d love to be able to be around and unafraid of so many types of animals, including bugs and snakes of any kind at all. I constantly marveled at the thought of finding a balance with the ecology of my neighborhood, if that makes sense. For an example of what I’m talking about, I grew up in Florida and the little lizards don’t bother me at all. It never occurred to me until I lived around people who weren’t from Florida that they might be considered pests. I always thought it was great to have one in the house because it cut down on the bugs in the house. Then again, we have a few varieties of snake that are common to the Florida back yard that I just can’t live with. Anyway, I’d love to learn how to one day.

This is the first book by Silko that I’ve read and I have seen that her fiction is considered even better, so I look forward to checking that out sometime. This is a great memoir, particularly for those looking for memoirs of women or Native Americans or both. Add it to Goodreads here.

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  1. I just read this too and adored it, I bought it for a friend who I know is going to love it, but it made me want to read her fiction as well. Such a lucky find, a wonderful nature writer and I agree, her relationship with the wildlife and the environment, her ability to live in that climate and adapt to it and her fascination with the Nahutl language and her rain prayers, all just wonderful to immerse in. I hope that machine man was scared away by her markings on the boulders!


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